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Asking R U OK?

Nearly 15 years ago, not-for-profit suicide prevention charity R U OK? was founded to encourage people to ask others a simple question with a positive impact - “R U OK?”. This question is a springboard for people to notice the signs of mental health struggles, address social isolation and advocate for suicide prevention.  ... CONTINUE READING

Five mental health tips to help you through the festive season

It’s the time of year where people will be setting expectations for a joyful Christmas, and planning time to connect with family and friends. However, for many, the festive season can also highlight financial issues, family conflict, loneliness and increase stress for people with anxiety and depression. Some people might start to put too much pressure on themselves, thinking about what they should buy or do for others, while others might dread catching up with family because it may end in conf... CONTINUE READING

Spotting the signs – When to reach out to counselling?

If you feel that you are struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns, then counselling can benefit you. It may take some time to decide whether you are ready for counselling.  Often people will wait and see if time, lifestyle changes, or the support of friends and family improves how they feel. If you experience any unhelpful emotions or feelings to the extent that they interfere with life, then counselling may help you reduce their impacts. It’s esp... CONTINUE READING

“Flipping the lid” – What really happens when we lose control of our emotions?

The human brain is a truly amazing organ. It helps us stay alive and enables us to make sense of and respond to the world around us. When all parts of our brain work together, we can remain calm and connected, even during times of heightened emotion. However, there are times when our brains can cause some trouble, particularly when we become angry or anxious. When we experience emotions with intensity and temporarily lose control of our actions, this is called “flipping the lid... CONTINUE READING

What to expect during your first counselling appointment

Making the decision to reach out for assistance with managing your mental health is a big step and if you feel worried about attending your first session, that is completely normal. To put your mind at ease, here are some guidelines on what you can expect during your first appointment. It’s time for you and your counsellor to get to know each other. Your counsellor may provide you with information about their background, qualifications, and experience. Feel free to ask them any qu... CONTINUE READING

Counselling Team Feature

The Counselling team at Ability Options comprises of a team of registered counsellors, psychologists, and mental health social workers. They span across Sydney and the Central Coast and provide counselling supports to participants in our employment programs and the NDIS. The team specialise in supporting participants with a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. They dedicate their working day to improving the lives of others and are passio... CONTINUE READING

Celebrating growth and new opportunities as Ability Options

Our CEO Julia Squire recently marked a significant milestone with our new colleagues in Yamba. Hosting a Community Morning Tea, Julia acknowledged the final stages of CHESS Connect joining the growing Ability Options family and celebrated their wonderful legacy of service....